HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Callas, Bergonzi, Gobbi)

Like most operaphiles, I had for so long been so hugely satisfied with the famous 1953 de Sabata recording that I had not bothered to sample the 1964 studio recording on the assumption that it was so markedly inferior that it was not worth the bother. +Forty years on, I find that I was wrong; it was the passing of Carlo Bergonzi that prompted me to obtain this wonder “Tosca”. I am now kicking myself for my stupidity.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi
Orchestra:  Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire Paris
Conductor: Georges Pretre
Vinyl (1965)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR 11
Size: 2.38 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Seraphim) Giuseppe Verdi – La Forza Del Destino (Callas, Tucker, Serafin)

If it were not for Maria Callas, we would all think that La Forza del Destino is essentially a prime exercise and showcase for great soprano voices, with a few goodies thrown in for the rest of the cast and the chorus. In this recording, Callas’s voice is not technically great, though it is usually good. She makes most of her points by other means: close attention to the value of words, subtle nuances of tone and phrasing, an uncompromising determination to confront the emotions in the text and convey them honestly and strongly, even when they reach a terrifying intensity. We have here, under the absurdities of plot, a compelling psychological portrait of a woman driven beyond her limits–a woman whose brother wants to kill her lover, who has killed her father. The supporting cast is skilled and Serafin shapes a powerful interpretation. — Joe McLellan

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Renato Capecchi, Plinio Clabassi
Orchestra: Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Seraphim
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.75 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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